The shape of beauty: determinants of female physical attractiveness

  title={The shape of beauty: determinants of female physical attractiveness},
  author={Maryanne L. Fisher and Martin Voracek},
  journal={Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology},
Rarely has one research area gained as much attention as that which is observed for female physical attractiveness. The past decade has resulted in numerous, exciting developments, particularly with respect to three proposed determinants of beauty: waist to hip ratio (WHR), body mass index (BMI), and curvaceousness. The goal of our paper is to provide a highly necessary review of contemporary research on the female attractiveness, including an in‐depth examination of these factors. 

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